Crackdown on human trafficking is launched in West Sussex

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TAXI drivers are being asked to be vigilant to help stop human trafficking.

A campaign has been launched in Chichester to crack down on the problem.

Taxi drivers met police officers and Helen Perry, Chichester group co-ordinator of Active Communities against Trafficking.

She said: ‘There have been many cases where human traffickers have moved their victims around in taxis without the driver’s knowledge or consent.

‘It could be a victim of human trafficking in the back of your cab and that’s why we want to raise awareness of this issue.’

Inspector Will Rolls, from Sussex Police, said: ‘It is one of the largest crimes in the world.

‘People are promised a good job, or alternatively forced through violence and threats against their family. Trafficking has high rewards and low risk and that’s what we need to change.

‘I can assure you this will happen in communities up and down the county.

‘We need to spread the word so that people can report it to us and we can deal with it.’

Anyone suspecting someone is a victim of human trafficking should call police on 101.